As tributes abound in the wake of Apple founder Steve Jobs’ death last week, Sony Pictures has made an offer to obtain the rights for the authorized biography of the icon. To be released soon by author Walter Isaaacson, the book will be used for an upcoming biopic about the tech legend.
The biography was rushed to press with a push to release later this month rather than in 2012 (then November) as was scheduled to capitalize on the current interest in Jobs after his death.
The studio – who made The Social Network about Facebook – reportedly made a “magnanimous offer” in order to obtain the rights to Isaacson’s biography and is willing to shell out $1 million or more.
Isaacson’s biography had the green light from Jobs himself and is based on over 40 interviews with Jobs as well as over 100 conversations with his friends, family members, colleagues, and competitors. After writing the biographies of other luminaries like Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, Jobs reportedly picked Isaacson for the job after being approached by numerous other authors.
Mark Gordon, producer of 2012 and Source Code, is reported to be on board to produce the movie.
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